Anthony Joshua Knocks Out Robert Helenius in Seventh Round, Chisora and Hrgovic Win on the 02 Arena Undercard

By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent

London, UK (August 13th, 2023)– Former two-time World Heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua, in a do or die situation for his career, knocked out former heavyweight contender Robert Helenius in the seventh round with an overhand power right hand, and remained in the heavyweight mix, at 02 Arena in Greenwich, United Kingdom, in the main event, on Saturday night, August 12, 2023.

Joshua, now 26-3 with 23 knockouts, Watford, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom, moved forward and kept the pressure on Helenius, 32-5 with 21 knockouts, Mariehamn, Finland, who took the bout on seven days of notice after stopping Mika Mielonen only one week earlier in the third round at Operastage in Savoninna, Finland and being in top condition to take this short notice bout.

Helenius fought much more smartly than in bouts past, using sneaky counterpunching to keep Joshua at bay and hesitant. Joshua’s left jab to the head and body was working well, and Joshua maintained a pinpoint gloves upraised defense Helenius was not really able to penetrate with any degree of dangerous effectiveness. Helenius landed enough left jabs to mark the left eye of Joshua, which did not figure into the outcome of the bout. Helenius did not have a tight defense, and fought with his hands in front of him relatively loosely, and began to slow down in the sixth round. Joshua had to time him, and it was a Joshua one punch knockout which sent Helenius down and out cold at 1:22 of the seventh round, with referee Victor Loughlin not bothering to count.

Responding to the ringside commentator in the post fight interview, promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing stated “It was Robert Helenius ((tonight). That’s (Deontay Wilder) is the fight we want. We had a three fight plan. It was supposed to be Dillian Whyte (did not pass the prefight VADA voluntary drug testing), Deontay Wilder, and then Tyson Fury. That’s the ambition of the thing (the three fight plan). Whether you back Joshua, whether you think he can do it (win the three desired fights) or not, things have changed. He is now a mature heavyweight. I know everybody wants to see first, second and third round kayos. Against Helenius, he (Joshua) took his time, and it was one of the knockouts of the year (over Helenius). We believe he can beat Deontay Wilder. We hope to close that deal in the next couple of days, Joshua is ready for that fight. He’s given everything to the sport, he’s given everything to British boxing, (and) he’s ready now for some big marquee fights. He’s smarter. He’s going to take his time. No chances. He (Joshua) showed that tonight, took histime, found the range for his right hand, and delivered it in devastating fashion.”

02 Arena Greenwich Undercard Results

Filip Hrgovic TKO 12 Demsey McKean, Heavyweights (1:01)

16-0 Croatian top ten contender Hrgovic stops 22-0 Australian McKean, counted in the 12th

Derek Chisora Win 10 Gerald Washington, Heavyweights

Scoring: 98-93, 97-94, 96-94 Chisora, cut over right eye by accident head clash in second

Johnny Fisher TKO 7 Harry Armstrong, Heavyweights (1:19)

10-0 London heavyweight prospect Fisher wins vacant BBBofC Southern Area title

Campbell Hatton Win 8, Ton Ansell, Super Lightweights

13-0 son of former world champion Ricky Hatton, age 22, still has a long way to go

Brandon Scott Win 6 Louis Norman, Super Featherweights

Small step for 6-0 Swansea Wales prospect Scott, who goes six round distance for first time

George Liddard Win 6 Ben Oosterwegwei, Middleweights

Small step for 4-0 Essex prospect Liddard, who goes six round distance for first time

Maisey Rose Courtney Win 8 Gemma Ruegg, Female Super Flyweights

4-0 London female prospect Courtney wins every round over 7-8 Dorsey vet Ruegg.


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